vyecheverria, thank you. And yes, I am doing some research into the requirements for NZ RN license. Have also requested info from the immigration department. They have a very helpful website as well.
That said, housing is an issue, and the salaries are less. I have been looking at Auckland and Wellington...oh my! Even rentals. As a single person with one income, it might be what kills my plans. But I haven't given up. In my specialty, I would need to be in a larger hospital, so moving more than 45 minutes out of the CBD will probably not work.